Editor’s Note: In this Chapter the word “Sheriff” is changed to “Chief of Police” and the words “Sheriff’s Department” are changed to “Police Department” pursuant to the St. Charles County Charter Article IV, Sections 4.250 and 4.1300, as amended in 2012 and effective 1-1-2015, and St. Charles County Ord. No. 15-012, Section 2, adopted 1-26-2015.
[Ord. No. 97-126 §1, 8-27-1997]
Pursuant to Section 2.507 of the St. Charles County Charter and the recommendation of the County Executive, the County Department of Parks and Recreation is hereby created. The Department shall be responsible for the development, operation and maintenance of a system of County parks and open spaces and to operate recreational programs compatible with this system of parks.
[Ord. No. 97-126 §2, 8-27-1997]
The Department shall be headed by a Director who shall be exempted from the Merit System pursuant to the St. Charles County Charter, Section 7.300 (1992).
[Ord. No. 97-126 §§3—4, 8-27-1997]
Pursuant to Section 3.601.1 and Section 4.1503 of the St. Charles County Charter, the County Executive shall appoint the Director of Parks and Recreation, subject to approval by the County Council. The Director shall serve until his successor is duly qualified and appointed.
In the case of a vacancy in the office of Director, the vacancy shall be filled in the same manner as an appointment is made. However, the County Executive, pursuant to the St. Charles County Charter, Section 3.603 (1992) may appoint an acting director who shall serve for a period until a new Director is appointed.
[Ord. No. 97-126 §5, 8-27-1997]
The Director of the Department of Parks and Recreation shall be responsible for the Department and shall have such duties and powers as directed by the County Executive.
[Ord. No. 01-133 §§1-7, 10-31-2001; Ord. No. 08-069 §1, 6-6-2008]
The persons employed in the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department under the Park Ranger classification may be commissioned by the Chief of Police as certified and licensed Peace Officers pursuant to State law if nominated to the Chief of Police by the Director of Parks and Recreation. Any Park Ranger, so certified by the Chief of Police, shall be responsible to the Chief of Police for POST training, certification and licensure requirements, weapon qualification and training and investigation of all use of force.
The Director of Parks and Recreation shall nominate to the Chief of Police as Park Ranger only those men and women who have received a successful background check through the St. Charles County Police Department and who have completed First Class law enforcement academy instruction of six hundred (600) hours or more, including any required areas of instruction required by Section 590.040.3 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri. The Director of Parks and Recreation, as appointing authority for the Park Rangers, may involve the Chief of Police in additional areas of the pre-employment hiring process as the Director determines appropriate.
Park Rangers shall engage in general law enforcement duties when inside the boundaries of St. Charles County parks. Except as authorized by the Chief of Police or the Chief of Police's designee, Park Rangers shall not engage in general law enforcement duties when they are outside of the boundaries of St. Charles County parks. In no event shall Park Rangers participate in any vehicular pursuits outside park boundaries.
Commissioned and licensed Peace Officer in the employ of the County and working as Park Rangers in the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department shall only carry such weapons on duty as the Chief of Police shall authorize and for which such Peace Officer is trained and qualified through the Police Department to carry. Such Peace Officer shall remain current in his/her firearm qualification as required by the Police Department.
As required by Chapter 590 of the Revised Statutes of the State of Missouri, the Park Rangers shall be responsible to the Chief of Police for their attendance at the following training and for producing the following reports:
Racial Profile Reports for all traffic stops within the St. Charles County Parks as set out in the Police Department policy adopted pursuant to the requirements of Section 590.650 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri.
Annual training on racial profiling as required by Section 590.050 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri.
Annual POST certification and licensure training as required by POST rules established pursuant to the authority of the Director of Public Safety in Section 590.030, RSMo.
Each Park Ranger commissioned as a Peace Officer by the Chief of Police shall, prior to entering upon the discharge of his duties, take and subscribe an oath of office to perform his duties as a Peace Officer faithfully and impartially.
The Chief of Police shall report the name of any Park Ranger who fails to meet the criteria for certification and licensure to the Director of the Department of Public Safety as required by Section 590.070, RSMo.